But By His Grace: Broken Things

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,“This is my body given for you;do this in remembrance of me.”
Luke 22:19

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him…
Luke 24: 30-31

God uses broken things.
It takes broken soil to produce a crop,
broken clouds to give rain,
broken grain to give bread,
broken bread to give strength.
It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume.
~Vance Havner

Just as bread needs to be broken
in order to be given,
so, too, do our lives.
~Henri Nouwen

We yearn for perfection,
for flawless and faultless,
unblemished,
aiming for symmetry,
straight and smooth.

Life serves up something far different:
our eye searches
to find the cracks, scratches and damage,
whether it is in
a master’s still life portrait
replete with snails,
crawling flying insects
and broken blossoms,
or in the not so still life
of pontificating political figures.

In the beginning,
we were created unblemished,
image bearers of perfection.
No longer.
Now we bear witness to brokenness
with shattered lives, fragile minds and weakening bodies.
It is our vulnerability and need for healing
that stand out now.

To restore
our lost relationship with Him,
God applies the glue of grace
to seal our cracks
and heal our bustedness.

He breaks Himself
to mend us,
to glue us firmly in place,
bound to Him
forever.

3 thoughts on “But By His Grace: Broken Things

  1. The beautiful photos of bread remind me of a Sister Corita poster that said something like “There are so many hungry people that God could only appear to them as bread.”

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  2. I am so grateful that a friend told me about your blog on Facebook. I find it to be truly inspiring and meditative. It is a gift of scripture, poetry, prose, photos, and music all tied up with a bow. Bless you, Emily!

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  3. Deeply profound reminder of what this season of Lent is all about — LOVE, MERCY, RESTORATION, WHOLENESS.
    The accompanying pictures bring the meanings of the text to life in such an explicit, memorable way.
    I have sent this post to family and friends. For me, the entire message has gone swiftly to my soul as a beautiful, much-needed meditation to stir me to recognize and to be aware of the brokenness of so many suffering souls in our desperately crushed world and to hold them up to our Sacrificing, Loving God, the compassionate Divine Potter…..

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